Friday, Aug. 17, 2018
Contact: Kristen Schulze Muszynski
626-8404/ 441-7638

Special election set to fill Penobscot County Commissioner District 2 seat

AUGUSTA – A special election for the office of Penobscot County Commissioner in District 2 is scheduled to coincide with the statewide General and Referendum Election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

The county commission seat was previously held by Commissioner Thomas J. Davis Jr., who was elected to the position in 2016. Davis died on Aug. 12.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap signed the vacancy proclamation announcing the special election today, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.

Maine’s four political parties – the Democrats, Green Independents, Libertarians and Republicans – will now caucus to choose their candidates for the vacant seat. Candidate nominations are due to the Office of the Secretary of State by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Non-party candidates must circulate petitions and obtain the signatures of at least 100 registered voters in Penobscot County Commission District 2. The deadline to submit the petitions to the Secretary of State is also by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, after first having the signatures certified by the municipal clerks.

Write-in candidates must declare their candidacy by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20. Non-party petition forms and write-in candidate declaration forms may be obtained by contacting the Elections Division of the Secretary of State at 624-7650.

The candidate who is elected in the Nov. 6 special election will serve out the remainder of Commissioner Davis’ four-year term, through Dec. 31, 2020.